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International AIDS Society Urges Strong/Swift Opposition to Proposed Anti-Homosexuality Legilsation In Uganda

In a press release today, the International AIDS Society (IAS) urged Uganda’s political and public health leaders to oppose and reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill presented last week in Uganda’s parliament.

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Religion and Stigma Fan HIV Epidemic in Malawi

Malawi has some of the harshest laws in all of Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Many religious groups actively support discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and in turn are fanning the spread of HIV.

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Even at Rally to End AIDS, Stigma is Present

“I ain’t going to no rally for AIDS,” he loudly opined. His friend empahticaly concurred.

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Women Need Rights, Not Rescue

With a tagline like “Saving the World’s Women,” we knew to be suspicious of the recent New York Times Magazine cover story on global women’s rights. Reading on, our suspicions were confirmed.

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Human Rights: When Officials Get Serious About HIV Prevention, This is Where They’ll Start

Stigma, discrimination, poverty, homophobia, racism, sexism, all fuel the spread of HIV and hurt those living with it. These issues are routinely cited as critical to ending the epidemic but rarely addressed in policies and prevention strategies.

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Stoking Fire: Far Right Opposition to Hate Crimes Laws

Assurances that federal workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people will exempt religious bodies from oversight should mollify conservatives, but they don’t.

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Supreme Court Reverses Ricci Decision; Finds White Firefighters Unfairly Denied Promotion

The Supreme Court has reversed the Second Circuit ruling in Ricci vs. DeStefano, the case in which white firefighters have argued that they had been discriminated against when a promotional exam on which no African-American firefighters scored highly enough to be promoted was discarded.

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Educating Ourselves about HIV: A Call From the “Underground”

Across the country, focus groups reveal that many Americans are ill-informed about HIV and AIDS, but want to know more.

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Take Action! Oklahoma Teacher Forced to Resign For Teaching “Laramie Project”

An Oklahoma public school teacher was forced to resign for teaching The Laramie Project, a play about Matthew Shepard, a man who was murdered because he was gay.

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Research Findings: Parental, Social Acceptance of Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Teens Can Reduce Rates of Suicide, Substance Abuse

Research findings indicate negative parental and social attitudes contribute to higher rates of suicide and substance abuse among gay, lesbian and bisexual youth.  Support and acceptance, and even neutrality by parents, can lead to reduced rates of suicide among vulnerable teens and young adults.

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